Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a duumvirate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Roman history, one of two officers or magistrates united in the same public function.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rom. Antiq.) One of two Roman officers or magistrates united in the same public functions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One of two persons jointly exercising the same office in Republican Rome.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin : duum, genitive pl. of duo, two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + vir, man; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin duo ("two") + vir ("man").

Examples

  • They stayed in the comfortable coolness of the house of the chief ethnarch, though these days he was a Roman citizen, and pretended he was more at ease being called a duumvir than an ethnarch.

    The Grass Crown

  • Malluch lingered to say, quickly, "The duumvir was a Roman, yet I see his son in the garments of a Jew."

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • It had been vowed by the Dictator Postumius in the Latin war; his son was appointed "duumvir" for its dedication.

    The History of Rome, Vol. I

  • In this same colony my father attained to the post of duumvir and became the foremost citizen of the place, after filling all the municipal offices of honour.

    The Defense

  • In this same colony my father attained to the post of duumvir and became the foremost citizen of the place, after filling all the municipal offices of honour.

    The Defense

  • "Ah, Burgundus, just the man I need!" said the duumvir (whose colleague, a less forceful man, had mysteriously disappeared).

    The Grass Crown

  • "On whose authority do you presume to execute in the forum of Minturnae a man who has been consul of Rome six times — a hero?" asked the senior duumvir.

    The Grass Crown

  • The moment the troop had ridden off, the duumvir nodded to his beadles.

    The Grass Crown

  • V.F. Philippus_; the meaning, according to the older interpretation, will be: "Philippus beseeches M. Holconius Priscus, duumvir of justice, to favor or patronize him;" whereas the true sense is:

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • "Philippus beseeches you to create M. Holconius Priscus a duumvir of justice."

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

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